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Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2022

Another year of incredible music! There are still so many great projects going on and once again I’ve found myself listening to more new music than in any year prior. After relistening to all of the incredible releases I’ve found this year, I’ve boiled it down to the 5 essential; the very best, the mostContinue reading “Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2022”

Operation Manatee Music Prize 2022: The Long List

The amount of excellent new music being produced these days is staggering. I’m sure COVID played no small part in this: musicians on lockdown collaborating over email and dropbox for months or years, then suddenly being able to go out and play again. I know I’ve said it before but if nothing else, the pastContinue reading “Operation Manatee Music Prize 2022: The Long List”

Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2021

A little later than I was planning, but please allow me to present to you: the Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2021! Not unlike 2020, this year had so much great new music, it was mindblowing! I have never listened to more new music in my life than during this damned pandemic!Continue reading “Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2021”

Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2020

I won’t go on about what we already know about this year. I’m just grateful for the absolutely mindblowing amount of incredible music that was released. For this year’s long list, I just put an arbitrary cap of 50 on it, because I just couldn’t dedicate the time necessary to include every great recording I’veContinue reading “Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2020”

Operation Manatee Music Prize 2020: The Long List

2020, right? There was one thing I was sure of when we all went home in March: the output music and other art was going to be nuts! This year did not disappoint, in that respect. I have never listened to as much new music in a year as this one (and I make anContinue reading “Operation Manatee Music Prize 2020: The Long List”

Operation Manatee Music Prize 2019: The Long List

Bwah Bwah Bwah Bwaaaaah! It’s finally here! The only best album list that truly matters. The Operation Manatee Music Prize Long List. This was the longest, most involved long list I’ve done. There were 170 albums to choose from. Only 103 made the cut. These are below. The Top 5 albums of 2019 will beContinue reading “Operation Manatee Music Prize 2019: The Long List”

OPERATION MANATEE MUSIC PRIZE 2018: THE LONG LIST

Life has a way of making you postpone things you like doing, then Christmas came. Ah well, better late than never? Because life’s been a little extra crazy this year, I didn’t get around to paring down the long list as much as I would have liked. As usual, I re-listened to all the albums/EPsContinue reading “OPERATION MANATEE MUSIC PRIZE 2018: THE LONG LIST”

Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2017

I’ve mentioned a few times that, especially compared to 2016, 2017 just didn’t have as much good music released. While lacking in quantity, though, the quality was there, as a handful of exceptional recordings were released. Below, allow me to present you with the year’s top five: